- UN official: Peacekeepers committing crimes must be punished Updated: Sep-04-15 9:25 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - International peacekeepers who commit crimes must be punished, the U.N. human rights chief said on Friday following the revelation of yet another sexual abuse allegation in Central African Republic.
- Toure missing as Ivory Coast launches African title defense Updated: Sep-03-15 6:26 am
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Ivory Coast begins the defense of its African title this weekend without Yaya Toure after the team captain asked not to be selected while he considers his international future.
- UN rights chief alleges French soldier sexually abused girl Updated: Sep-03-15 4:22 am
GENEVA - United Nations staff turned up a case of sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic, the U.N. human rights chief said Thursday, in the latest claim of sexual abuse by foreign troops in the poor, unstable African country.
- Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria kill 26, including children Updated: Sep-02-15 11:17 am
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Twenty- six people were killed in Nigeria' s northeastern Borno state by attackers on horseback believed to be rebels of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, witnesses said.
- Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members 1 day after verdict Updated: Aug-29-15 12:49 pm
N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad executed by firing squad 10 members of Boko Haram on Saturday, the security minister said, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terror measures last month.
- Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic Updated: Aug-28-15 3:23 pm
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic - A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian violence between armed groups since 2013.
- Congo's president signs legislation for elections Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's president has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar.
- UN Central African Republic head promises discipline Updated: Aug-26-15 1:05 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations' acting special representative for Central African Republic has said there is zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, calling on civilian and military personnel to act responsibly.
- Countries delay UN plan to name those accused of sex abuse Updated: Aug-20-15 7:19 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is rejecting growing pressure to name countries whose peacekeepers face sexual abuse accusations in Central African Republic against children as young as 11, keeping silent because member states have delayed the U.N. chief's plan to identify alleged perpetrators.
- France considers further reduction of its troops in CAR Updated: Aug-19-15 11:00 am
PARIS - The French government considers withdrawing more of its troops from Central African Republic by the end of the year.
- UN: Some sexual abuse charges against peacekeepers ignored Updated: Aug-18-15 4:16 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The 12-year-old girl said she had been raped by a foreign soldier, one of many who had come to Central African Republic to calm sectarian violence. So the military commander brought her in front of a dozen of his soldiers and asked: Can you identify him?
- Genocide charges filed over violence in southeastern Congo Updated: Aug-15-15 1:20 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - A court in southeastern Congo has charged 34 people with genocide in connection with ethnic violence that has killed hundreds over the past two years, the country's government spokesman said Saturday.
- Cameroon pledges 2,450 troops to anti-Boko Haram force Updated: Aug-15-15 7:13 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon's president has vowed to send 2,450 troops to join a regional army to fight Boko Haram, nearly tripling his initial pledge.
- UN to start naming, shaming countries for alleged misconduct Updated: Aug-13-15 7:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Taking aim at "a cancer in our system," the U.N. secretary-general on Thursday announced that he intends to start naming and shaming countries whose troops and police serving in U.N. peacekeeping missions face credible accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation.
- Republic of Congo president reshuffles government Updated: Aug-11-15 11:52 am
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The president of the Republic of Congo has reshuffled his government and replaced two ministers who opposed a constitutional reform that would allow him to run for another term in office.
- Rwanda peacekeeper kills 4 colleagues in C. African Republic Updated: Aug-08-15 12:29 pm
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations mission in Central African Republic says a Rwandan peacekeeper there has shot dead four of his colleagues and wounded eight others.
- Earthquake hits eastern Congo, killing 2 children Updated: Aug-07-15 3:46 am
KINSHASA, Congo - A government spokesman says that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Congo early Friday, causing the death of at least two children.